We all have a somewhat hazy understanding of AI or Artificial Intelligence and have probably heard of terms like NLP without ever daring to explore further. Well AI is simply about creating systems that add the function of intelligence. A natural progression will be to then have systems that understand language. It is from language that we reach to an ability to learn from experience and subsequently reach a stage where we build systems that can learn how to understand language! Just imagine what communication will mean in such a scenario… however, we are still struggling with issues that plague NLP or Natural Language Processing.
Talking of NLP and the sort of research that is going on in this field, I read recently that HCL has won the Prestigious AI Award for the Best Innovation in Natural Language Processing (NLP) award at the AIconics Awards. The AIconics, by the way, is the world’s only independently judged awards celebrating the drive, innovation and hard work in the international Artificial Intelligence Community organised by AIBusiness and was hosted during The AI Summit on this May.
All this talk about awarding enterprises for their work on AI is fine but also a teeny-weeny bit scary. But then I guess I have been watching too many films where machines somehow get this uncanny knack to self-learn and end up being more powerful than all of humanity. I know this is all fantasy yet but the speed at which we are going ahead, such a scenario may not be entirely implausible. However, this area is still rather innocent yet. Kaylan Kumar, Executive Vice President at HCL Technologies, for instance, calls the HCL DryICE platform as ‘the cutting edge of this innovation, with such functionality being embedded in many of the micro services we deliver’ and a testimony to the innovation and pragmatic implementation of Natural Language Processing in the 21st Century Enterprise. Yes, we do need all these micro services to function more efficiently. Even Daniel Pitchford, Director at AI Business mentioned the brilliant connect between technology and enterprise when he said: ‘We are dedicated to championing brilliance and innovation in the field of practical AI, focusing specifically on how the technology can be used within an enterprise.’ It is, therefore, a fact that HCL Technologies has tangibly demonstrated a fantastic innovation when it comes to NLP.
The company sources emphasise that ‘the driving force behind HCL’s success at the AIconics Awards is HCL DryICE, the company’s innovative autonomics & orchestration framework. Enabling more than 40 micro services from a single platform, HCL DryICE is benefiting HCL’s customers across Digital and Next-Generation IT and IoT projects. HCL’s holistic NLP offering covers text extraction, grammar understanding, matching of situations to actions, external knowledge patterns and algorithms around emotion & tone analysis, voice processing and other functions.’
There are more than 104,000 professionals from diverse nationalities working as HCL Technologies focuses on creating real value for customers by taking ‘Relationships Beyond the Contract’ making it a global network of integrated innovation labs, and global delivery capabilities to provide holistic, multi–service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Media, Publishing & Entertainment, Retail & CPG, Life sciences & Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Energy & Utilities, Travel, Transportation & Logistics and Government. They do this by enabling 21st century Enterprises.
For those readers who aren’t accustomed to hard-core technology jargon, let me just add that we are speeding into an age where machines are going to be smarter than they are now. Machines will no longer be content to know and understand the meaning of a word… and will soon be able to decipher even the contextual changes in the meaning of words which makes them resemble us more and more. AI is getting smarter.
Information about this award from here.
For details please contact:
Elka Ghudial, HCL Europe Corporate Communications
+44 (0) 7973 567 131
Ajay Davessar, VP and Global Head HCL Corporate Communications
30 May 2016